House Speaker David Ralston has paid about $1,300 in late taxes due on a property owned by his wife. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Monday that Ralston paid the bill last week after the newspaper contacted him about the outstanding bill. Ralston spokesman Marshall Guest called the late payment an oversight.
An 11th-hour proposal to close an ethics loophole exempting lobbyists from disclosing what they spend on gifts to staff members of elected officials has passed a House committee with the backing of Speaker David Ralston.
A tax overhaul that Republicans had promoted as a key part of their agenda is dead for the legislative session. A joint legislative panel signed off on the bill Monday morning and it appeared headed to a full House vote the same day. But the House adjourned without taking up the measure, which effectively kills it for the session.
The state ethics commission says, lobbyists can spend undisclosed sums of money on most state employees.The decision Tuesday comes after high-speed rail advocates sent Georgia's House Speaker, his family and staff to Europe last year.
A member of the newly-formed Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform has filed a complaint against the lobbyist who took House Speaker David Ralston and members of his family and staff to Europe during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Hours after a Senate attempt to undo an outgoing veto be ex-Gov. Sonny Perdue, the House on Thursday declined to back up its sister chamber, with its leader saying he prefers working with his current boss to picking a fight with his former one.
The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness says groceries should be taxed again along with haircuts and cell phone use. But Georgia's AARP worries that seniors could be hit hardest if the reform package passes.